Platinum blow golden chance

HARARE - A fired-up second half performance from lowly Flame Lily denied championship-chasing FC Platinum a chance to go top of the Castle Lager Premiership table here yesterday.

Tatenda Mudehwe’s 15th minute header had thrust the platinum miners into an early lead.

However, a late Bright Chayambuya free-kick brought Norman Mapeza’s charges back to earth.

In the end the two sides settled for a point apiece which still sees the Zvishavane-based side two points adrift of Chicken Inn with six points left to fight for.

Although Mapeza was his usual frantic self during yesterday’s match, pacing up and down the touchline and chanting at his every team’s move he, however, painted a picture of coolness after the match insisting that “it was not two points dropped” but a point gained which could be priceless.

“If you check the position we were at the first half of the season and where we are now, it shows you we have come a long way. So I am happy. I am not worried about Chicken Inn or Dynamos I’m just concentrating on my team,” he said.

Platinum next face a resurgent CAPS United in a potentially explosive penultimate match of the season.

His opposite number Takesure Chiragwi was happy to see his team give the miners a run for their money.

The point saw Flame Lilly remain in 14th position, still needing to fight to stay afloat in the top flight league.

“We still believe we will survive. Mathematically we still have a chance to survive; we just have to keep fighting,” Chiragwi declared.

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